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Eco-Activist Lauded: Will Politicians Set Example to prevent impending disaster?

United Nations, New York (Trey Blanton) Commentary-  Greta Thunberg is being praised as a shining example of ecological stewardship, as she sailed into New York on her green energy sailboat on Wednesday morning, August 28, 2019.

For those who are unfamiliar with water crafts, sailboats rely on “sails” or a piece of material which utilizes the wind to provide movement for a boat.

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Thunberg’s “zero emissions” sailboat made landfall after a fifteen day journey from the United Kingdom, where she intends to testify on the importance of living a “green” ecologically friendly lifestyle before the United Nations 2019 Climate Summit.

The Summit will focus on key sectors where action can make the most difference—heavy industry, nature-based solutions, cities, energy, resilience, and climate finance.”

No where in this focus do I see a call by Secretary-General António Guterres to his peers to give up air travel for what the United Nations website calls Climate Change:

“the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment.”

If climate change is such a paramount, imminent threat to life on Earth, why are the U.N. delegates not also traveling by a “zero emissions” version of a sailboat to and from their conferences?

Why aren’t American politicians who advocate for eco-friendly alternatives not leading the charge, by traveling by horse-drawn carriage to and from Washington D.C.?

Because it is impracticable.

In order to maintain a competitive advantage in the world necessitates speed. Modern human sensibilities demand comfort.

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If you would presume to advocate for life-altering changes, a “leader” should set the example and not live in a mansion that uses up more natural resources than a single-family should need, or give up travel by air.

Thunberg showed travel utilizing clean energy is possible, so long as activism for such a lifestyle is the extent of your professional ambitions.

At least Thunberg isn’t a hypocrite.

Perhaps the United Nations will launch some new initiatives that will improve our technology to the point where we are causing less harm to the environment.

That would be wonderful.

However, it reeks of elitism for politicians to say change must be made, but not live in accordance with it themselves.





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